MARKET CHAINS OF NON-HIGH VALUE CULTURED AQUATIC COMMODITIES: CASE STUDIES FROM ASIA

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Circular No. 1032

MARKET CHAINS OF NON-HIGH VALUE
CULTURED AQUATIC COMMODITIES:
CASE STUDIES FROM ASIA


by

Sena S. De Silva
Director General
Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2008

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De Silva, S.S.
Market chains of non-high value cultured aquatic commodities: case studies from Asia.
FAO Fisheries Circular. No. 1032. Rome, FAO. 2008. 46p.

Abstract

With aquaculture representing a growing share of world production of fish and fishery products, the sector also contributes a growing proportion of the fish entering into international and regional trade. In particular, freshwater species from Asia dominate production and consumption but a number of freshwater species are also finding their way into international markets, including catfish, snakehead and increasingly also carp. In comparison with marine species, the price achieved by freshwater fish may not be very high and, probably for this reason, the sector's marketing channels remain fairly undescribed in available literature, especially at the national and regional level. However the large volumes produced and increasingly also exported generate significant levels of economic activity and export revenue with 2007 exports exceeding US$1 billion.

The report presents an overview of the value chain for selected farmed freshwater species in India, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. Information is included on prices, costs and margins and on the sector's contribution to local food security and poverty alleviation. Developments in processing and the potential of other species are also described.


Contents


Part 1 (124 Kb)

Executive summary


Part 2 (572 Kb)

1.   INTRODUCTION

      1.1 Importance of relatively non-high value cultured commodities in aquaculture
      1.2 Trends in fish consumption in the countries studied
      1.3 Trends in overall market value of cultured freshwater species

2.   CARP CULTURE

      2.1 Major carp species cultured
      2.2 Case studies

3.   FRESHWATER CARNIVOROUS FISH

      3.1 Marketing chains for cultured snakehead and catfish in Thailand
      3.2 Marketing chain for cultured catfish, Mekong Delta, southern Viet Nam


Part 3 (498 Kb)

4.   CASE STUDY ON LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

      4.1 Culture-based fisheries in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

5.   OTHER COMMODITIES

      5.1 Trash fish/low value fish

6.   WAY FORWARD

7.   CONCLUSIONS

      7.1 Food security – job creation

8.   REFERENCES


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